Date: 17th December 2013 at 5:19pm
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It?s been intimated for months now that the WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, would not be entering the ring again.

Rumours of a career in politics were rife and his exit from the sport seemed to be a secret waiting to happen.

Well happen it has and Vitali has confirmed, at the age of 42, he is retiring to pursue a career in politics, remarking about his decision,

?Right now, my full concentration is on politics in Ukraine, and I feel that the people need me there.? My brother Wladimir will ensure more sporting success. I will support him, like he supports me in my political fight.?

Announcing his decision the WBA immediately bestowed the title of Champion Emeritus by the WBC.

However, it remains to see who will be fighting, in the near future, for the vacant belt.

Could this be the opening that Deontay Wilder has been waiting for?